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You are in the Porsche 911
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Porsche 911, Porsche Carrera GT, Coupe, Convertible
#118 of 2175 Re: Porsche Clutch [aufwego]
Jul 25, 2005 (5:07 am)
Downshifting may be the preferred way to slow down for replacement clutch manufacturers, but I would recommend you use the less costly brakes in everyday driving. I also tend to throw the car in neutral at stoplights or long waits, mostly for my comfort. However, I would not have thought this helps clutch life unless you are "cheating" and don't have the clutch fully depressed the entire time. Another sure fire way to burn through a clutch is to use it to maintain position on a hill. On severe slopes, I use the handbrake to hold my position when starting from a stop.
All of these items aside, I would have thought a 911 clutch would last far more than 8,000 miles unless you were really doing something severely wrong. I've been driving sticks for 30 years and only had two clutch replacements, both at over 100,000 miles and both prior to 1990. My semi-retired 1995 Maxima may finally be needing a new one at 11 years and 154,000 miles, due more to inactivity over the past year than anything else. And the cost from the Nissan dealer is $450, parts and labor.
Did you buy the 911 brand new, with minimal delivery miles (under 10) on the odometer? I got into a dispute wiith one Porsche dealership that claimed that every car they sell has been test driven at least a few times. I've seen (and smelled) some horrific test drives by idiots that didn't know how to drive a stick. Fortunately, I have numerous dealerships to chose from, the majority of whom respect my position of not wanting a car that has been test driven to the tune of 80-100+ miles. ,
#119 of 2175 Re: Need help from the group, please. [nattyb]
Jul 25, 2005 (4:11 pm)
My opinions about your issues:
(1) You can carry around small kids in your 911 Cab or Coupe. I have a 7, 5, and 3 year old, and all fit fine in my S Cab in the back. The 5 and 7 year olds have Britax Starriser boosters (they fit perfectly) and the 3 year old has a Century five point forward facing car seat (also fits fine). For a newborn, my guess is that you can put in the infant carrier car seat without the car base, using only the attachments for the lap belt. Once the kid grows out of that, and until he/she can get into a forward facing seat (probably from about 7-8 months to about 18-20 months), there are rear facing seats that will fit (the Porsche 997 boards at Rennlist and Rennteam are full of suggestions). Porsche makes an airbag deactiavtion switch for the passenger seat front airbag (retrofittable) so a car seat can go in the front, but my wife says no way. My kids love the car, and argue with each other about who gets to go with daddy. Controlling this behavior is another problem entirely.
(2) I live in Pittsburgh (like NJ weather but with lots of hills in addition). I plan on driving the car from March to November. The car is extremely stable (despite the rear engine) and I suspect that the major issue is the summer tires..if you replaced them with winter tires I bet the car would be fine. However, with the low ground clearance and snow, salt, mud, etc I decided to keep my 2001 S4 for a winter car. I was only going to get about $17,500 for it in trade (which is only a little bit more than difference between a C2 and C4 in price).
(3) Do you have room for a third car in your driveway/garage? How much can you get for your GTI in trade? If you can't get more than 15K and have room, it may make sense to keep the GTI as a third car, and get the C2.
#120 of 2175 Re: Need help from the group, please. [s4to911]
Jul 25, 2005 (5:43 pm)
May I ask where you got your 911 S Cab and your experience? I live in the DC area but am considering buying in Pennsylvania, since we own a second home in Erie.
#121 of 2175 Re: Need help from the group, please. [habitat1]
Jul 26, 2005 (1:58 am)
I was going to buy it at Sewickley Car Store (in Sewickley, and a 10-15 minute cab ride from the airport if you are flying in), but they sold the one that became available before I could buy it. They have been excellent (I have my Audi serviced there, and I will have my 911 serviced there).
I ended up buying from Lancaster Autohaus in Lancaster (which is about 90-120 minutes from the DC area)--I found the car on their website. They are about 4.5 hours from Pittsburgh. They were fine, and the process was very easy.
#122 of 2175 Getting a new 997 S coupe
Jul 27, 2005 (12:06 pm)
I am waiting for the ship to arrive on this shores to take delivery of my new 991S coupe, which I ordered back in april, i did get it with tiptronic since I live in LA and there is no way in hell I am getting stuck in traffic and have to shift constantly...
I am getting all kinds of options so it should be quite an awsome car. To all out there who have one , any tricks or ways of driving that I should know to enjoy the experience fully..
thanks to all.
#123 of 2175 Re: Getting a new 997 S coupe [pabs1]
Jul 27, 2005 (12:40 pm)
Congratulations on your purchase, but I must say that I hope for your sake the 997 Tiptronic is a lot better than the one I test drove in a 2005 Boxster S last week. I have driven many high performance cars with various versions of automatics and SMG transmissions (E55, 545i, Ferrari 360 F1, etc.). But the difference between the Porsche Boxster S in a 6-speed manual and the tiptronic was enormous. The 6 speed was extremely impressive and the engine responsive at all speeds and rpms. On the Tiptronic, the noticable hesitation in shifts using the steering wheel buttons was so frustrating and distracting that I could not drive the car hard enough to test the PASM and sport chrono options that the test car had.
In any event, I've all but decided to go for a 2006 997 S (with sports chrono) that I can order this week for late October/November delivery. I am leaning towards the coupe, but my wife is lobbying for the cabriolet.
Regading "tricks" or driving tips, I would definitely recommend a Skip Barber or comparable performance drving school. I took BMW's professional drving course offered as standard when I purchased my M5 in 2003 and it was exceptional. I had not taken a course since I had purchased an M1 in 1979 and had forgotten how helpful the experience was.
Good luck and enjoy your car - to the extent possible on those LA parking lots
#125 of 2175 Re: Comments Please [s4to911]
Jul 29, 2005 (9:14 pm)
I read your comment on MP3 , playing.
What do you mean ?
You can put the mp3's on a disc or the stereo has a mini card feature ( like the new audi's do ? )
#126 of 2175 Re: Comments Please [pabs1]
Jul 30, 2005 (12:41 am)
When you burn a CD ROM of tracks, you can burn them in MP3 format, and get about 120 tracks on an 700 MB disk instead of about 15-18. The head unit reads the MP3 CD (if the car was built after mid-April).
#127 of 2175 Re: Comments Please [s4to911]
Jul 30, 2005 (8:50 am)
Thanks for the info, I'll do that when my Porsche arrives.